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Domestic abuse

A plea for flexibility of definition The government’s Transforming the Response to Domestic Abuse Consultation Response and Draft Bill January 2019 ... Read more
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Family Law (1 April – 15 April)

Family News New care applications received by Cafcass in March fell by nearly 10 per cent Family Law Week – 11 April Cafcass has reported a 9.9% drop in new care applications during March 2019,... Read more
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Bloomsbury Family Law Briefing: April Teaser

Top five cases LR v A Local Authority & Ors [2019] EWCA Civ 525 (31 January 2019) – Foster carer (LR) appeal: order for 20-month-old child to be sent to Poland stayed. Judge had failed to take... Read more
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Resolution Conference 2019: Living in Interesting Times

Despite the many issues which seem to divide our country, no one can doubt that we are currently living in “interesting times”. Although I will, in a moment, say something briefly about Brexit, my... Read more
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Family Law (18 March – 1 April)

Family News Legal aid granted on basis of domestic or child abuse evidence rose by 16 per cent in last quarter Family Law Week – 31 March The Ministry of Justice's Legal Aid Statistics for October... Read more
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Court control of evidence

Case management and Civil Procedure Rules 1998 Case management arrived with a whisper with a ‘Case management practice direction’ in family proceedings in 1995. It was taken up enthusiastically by... Read more
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Family Law (18 February – 4 March)

Family News Sally Challen wins appeal against murder conviction in landmark ruling The Telegraph – 28 February The Court of Appeal has quashed the murder conviction of Sally Challen, after she... Read more
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Family Law (4 February – 18 February)

Family News One in four councils plan children's services cuts Cypnow – 14 February According to the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) annual State of Local Government Finance Survey, one... Read more
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Bloomsbury Family Law Briefing: February Teaser

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Domestic abuse: hearings in open court

A domestic abuse bill On 21 January 2019 the Home Office and the Lord Chancellor published, to press acclaim (see eg Guardian and Observer ... Read more

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